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Tropical skin diseases in British military personnel.

Bailey, Mark S (2013) Tropical skin diseases in British military personnel. Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps, 159 (3). pp. 224-8. ISSN 0035-8665. This article is accessible to all HEFT staff and students via NHS Evidence www.evidence.nhs.uk by using their HEFT Athens login IDs

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Official URL: http://jramc.bmj.com/content/159/3/224.long

Abstract

Skin complaints are common in travellers to foreign countries and are responsible for up to 25% of medical consultations by military personnel during deployments in the tropics. They also have relatively high rates of field hospital admission, medical evacuation and referral to UK Role 4 healthcare facilities. Non-infectious tropical skin diseases include sunburn, heat rash, arthropod bites, venomous bites, contact dermatitis and phytophotodermatitis. During tropical deployments skin infections that commonly occur in military personnel may become more frequent, severe and difficult to treat. Several systemic tropical infections have cutaneous features that can be useful in making early diagnoses. Tropical skin infections such as cutaneous larva migrans, cutaneous myiasis, cutaneous leishmaniasis and leprosy do occur in British troops and require specialist clinical management. This illustrated review focuses on the most significant tropical skin diseases that have occurred in British military personnel in recent years. Clinical management of these conditions on deployments would be improved and medical evacuations could be reduced if a military dermatology 'reach-back' service (including a telemedicine facility) was available.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is accessible to all HEFT staff and students via NHS Evidence www.evidence.nhs.uk by using their HEFT Athens login IDs
Subjects: WC Communicabable diseases > WC680 Tropical medicine
Divisions: Clinical Support > Infectious Diseases
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Depositing User: Mrs Caroline Tranter
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2015 13:44
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2015 13:44
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/784

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